Developed by a group of psychotherapy practitioners in 1980, PISTA Sound Therapy is the product of years of research on sound and issues arising from various neurological disorders. When the Ecole Nationale de Ski et d’Alpinisme joined the research team in 1997, Dr. Siu Chung Wong and his team used PISTA frequency and research in healing sound to develop PISTA ski techniques that which applied their research in energy disruption on the body energy systems. The technique addressed energy imbalance among ski athletes and studied how the method can be integrated with mainstream medicine.

Since 1969, PISTA has been conducting research on sound, light, and frequency to discover new ways of applying these to neurological disorders. New methodologies in structuring the treatment with sound, light, and vibration have also been developed and carried out by practitioners for behavior modification.

 

Contemporary Methods of Sound Healing

Now more popular and accepted in the mainstream, sound therapy or sound healing to others have two distinct areas of application—(1)sound for improving well-being and learning, and (2) sound for medical uses.

Sound helps relax people and put them in a better state of mind. Once tension is released, the immune system benefits. Sound is also applied to specific areas including pain control, neurodevelopmental remediation, relaxation and stress relief, meditation, sleep, accelerated learning, enhanced productivity, consciousness raising, and connecting to spirit.

 

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Binaural Beats

Discovered by Heinrich Wilhelm Dove in 1839, a binaural beat is the third beat or signal that is detected by the brain when two tones of different frequencies are presented to the left and right ears. This discovery was followed by Gerald Oster’s extensive research on bin-aural beats, which led to the idea that when the brain starts to follow or resonate with this third beat, the effect called the Frequency Following Response is created. Oster’s research paved the way for more developments in using auditory simulation to enhance brain functioning.

 

PISTA employed Oster’s research into the PISTA device to generate two tones, which the brain combines and alters into a single tone in the auditory process called brain entrainment. The frequency of this single tone may vary according to the state an individual wants his or her brain to achieve.